8 of the Best Anime Opening Songs

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8 of the Best Anime Opening Songs

Let's face it, the opening song of a show can greatly influence you during your first viewing. If a show is going to be full of action, it's opening song should demonstrate that, if the show will be suspenseful, it should show that, and so on. Here's a list of 8 of the best openings for anime. Did we leave out your favorites? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Inb4 other commenters posting THEIR best anime opennings (it's subjective to say which are the best)!

All I will say is that I only agreed with half of the opennings that were mentions. I got too many favourites opennings to start copying and pasting out.

I was kinda surprised to not see Evangelion's theme in there - or am I dating myself too much. :)

Elfen Lied had a damn good theme, too.

I can live with all the choices. I personally love "Period" by Chemistry, the second to last Brotherhood opening. Paper Moon was amazing for the ass beating Mifune gives Black Star.

Few other choices would have been:

Through the Night (Outlaw Star)
Jap (Sengoku Basara)
Liar Mask (Akame ga Kill OP 2)

and the best Opening in Anime history in my humble opinion:

Ambiguous (Kill la Kill)

Hm... does the very first song you hear in the K-On movie count as "opening song"?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH6hjXElvqg

Very subjective list. Gonna have to go to YouTube now. I'll throw my hat in with the original One Piece opening "we Are" as I think it is as iconic as "Cruel Angels Thesis" or "Ready Steady Go".

I would have also placed Samurai Champloo's opening on this list because it showcased each of the three main character's personalities through visuals alone...

Other than that, all of 2003's FullMetal Alchemist openings would have also suffice in this list as well...

I was hoping for some JAM Project songs, as they're a personal favourite. I'm disappointed, but I understand their exclusion. Still, though..... SOUL TAKEEEEEEEER!!!!!

Pretty good list, I agreed with all the ones chosen which I knew of already (Hacking to the Gate, Tank, Sorairo Days, All of FMA). I would've picked Papermoon over Resonance any day though. I know that lots of people would take a bullet for Resonance, and it is good but Papermoon is the stuff of legends!

EDIT: Actually, you know what really needs a spot on this list and is also fairly new?

Erased;

Freaking brilliant opening.

No One Punch Man? I an shocked. SHOCKED, I SAY. The theme is pure hype, which could only match the sheer bombastic action that's onscreen in the more intense fights. You know, the ones that Saitama aren't in?

Regardless, this anime song is one of my favorites. I've got a bunch more, but this one was the first to pop into my head.

I am suprised that they didnt add Log Horizon.


Other than that I'd probably add A Certain Magical Index to that list because the beat is infectious

Death Parade has an awesome opening. Just look at this.


Look at this. It's fucking bonkers. Great fun.

Probably the only Opening I never skip past.

Aside from that I agree with most of this list.

Well, at least the list included Tank!...

GitS SAC's Inner Universe deserves to be on the list.

Also, Silver Spoon's Kiss You. Because the world needs more Silver Spoon!

Good list, though I would have added Gurren No Yamiya from Attack on Titan and the first English Pokemon theme (plus the kickass revamped version for Pokemon X and Y) on there as well.

But.....but.....

Ok, I like all the animes on there and I understand all the choices.... except steins gate. Its a good anime but the opening is lack luster. It makes the exclusion of cruel angel thesis all the more baffling.

blech, Just Communication is limp; if there's one song I remember from that series it's Rhythm Emotion. Also, Stray by Yoko Kanno for Wolf's Rain and either opening for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Inner Universe and Rise respectively by the late Origa) are amazing.

Oh, c'mon!

No Spice and Wolf?

I absolutely adore this and the second season's OPs. They're just...so soothing and set the tone for the series damn near perfectly. D:

And not one of Bleach's OPs either?

Sadness.

As Outlaw Star has already been noted, why no J2: The Counterattack of Siberia Yagyu love?

http://www.allmusic.com/album/j2-the-counterattack-of-siberia-yagyu-mw0001421731

The sample at the above link is much better than the intro on youtube below.

Anime openings usually do the same thing with the fast editing while showing the characters jumping around shooting something, or do the moody or cool guy poses, so they start to blend in when you've seen enough.

The only few that really stick out to me is the famous Pokemon theme, and I think the 2nd opening to Hunter X Hunter, which sets the dark tone perfectly and doesn't have the characters jumping around like they just discovered crack. It has a couple of those poses though.

Surprised you didn't mention the original Attack On Titan theme.

Scarim Coral:
Inb4 other commenters posting THEIR best anime opennings (it's subjective to say which are the best)!

Inb4 Captain Obvious ;-P

the best ending though is Neon Genesis Evangelion song fly me to the moon which is way better than the sinatra version

Scarim Coral:
Inb4 other commenters posting THEIR best anime opennings (it's subjective to say which are the best)!

WRONG!

The opening to Paranoia Agent is objectively better than everything on this list!

.........with the exception of Cowboy Bebop. :P

And that is why this list - like every other list that's been posted on this site - fails.

Well no surprise that Tank is on the list

Nice to see Gundam Wing on the list. Personally, i think Rhythm Emotion is the superior song, but the 1st OP has better visuals.

Can't really blame you for choosing all the FMA brotherhood OPs. In addition to being great songs in general I love how each one suits the show in one way or another. If I had to choose, I would say "Again" is the best with "Hologram" in a very close 2nd.

Auron225:
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Definitely agree with Erased. In fact, I'd argue that any anime with an Asian Kung-fu Generation OP could be on this list.

Auron225:
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Definitely agree with Erased. In fact, I'd argue that any anime with an Asian Kung-fu Generation OP could be on this list.

I'm disappointed by the lack of 'JIBUN WO' in this list. I would also think that Death Note's opening 1 or 2 would make it on it.

RJ 17:

Scarim Coral:
Inb4 other commenters posting THEIR best anime opennings (it's subjective to say which are the best)!

WRONG!

The opening to Paranoia Agent is objectively better than everything on this list!

.........with the exception of Cowboy Bebop. :P

And that is why this list - like every other list that's been posted on this site - fails.

Ohhhhh my God I LOVE the opening to Paranoia Agent.

Also for my two cents, I'd include Asterisk(Bleach S1) and the first opening to Mirai Nikki annnnnd maybe take off a couple that were on the list since I didn't watch half of them xD

I don't get the love for Cowboy Bebop OP. Trigun is pretty bad. Gundam starts really strong but falls flat the moment they start singing.
Rest is great. Especially TTGL OP. But then again, every song in the OST is fantastic. Nanatsu no Taizan OP has a really nice nostalgic feeling to it. Stein;Gate fits the anime perfect.

RaikuFA:
Very subjective list.

This strikes me as a strange comment, since any list involving the best music will be subjective. There is no objectively best music. There are few things you can objectively list in music. I can't even use my first example--songs in the key of Eb Major--because tonality can be ambiguous.

If you want objective lists of songs, you're going to be limited to things like "songs that are 90 BPM" or "songs released in 2003."

OT: Always kind of hope Tekkaman Blade's "Reason" makes these lists, because it's among my favourites. Still, I like half the list, which is more than I can usually say.

Because most i would say got already mentioned. For it's simplicity (it's from the german dub)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFEBaAxO7W0

Though, the black lagoon intro? Shala hey shala (so much nostalgia)? Rurouni Kenshin first intro? Digimon Adventure (first season)?

Edit: Deadman Wonderland. Yes, i'm weak against e-gitarres.

No Rock the Dragon?

I know it always gets mentioned. But few intros ever hyped me for a show half as much as Rock the Dragon did. Cool visuals (mostly from movies) and a rock song that knows what we came to see. It's probably why I love rock music as much as I do.

Ryallen:
No One Punch Man? I an shocked. SHOCKED, I SAY. The theme is pure hype, which could only match the sheer bombastic action that's onscreen in the more intense fights. You know, the ones that Saitama aren't in?

Regardless, this anime song is one of my favorites. I've got a bunch more, but this one was the first to pop into my head.

I was looking for it on this list. I was disappointed by its exclusion.

You know you always laughed when Saitama one shotted a guy that we spent three episodes building up. It's so anticlimactic that it both made me laugh and get hyped for how powerful this guy is. (Not like those guys didn't deserve it, either)

And there's always Saitama versus Boros. Probably one of the best fights in the series. Not to mention, it was sort of sad in a way.

Actually, that's what we need. A best anime fights list!

The first 2 yes, the rest meh.

And what happened to everyone loving the (first) Attack on Titan theme tune?

BiH-Kira:
I don't get the love for Cowboy Bebop OP. Trigun is pretty bad. Gundam starts really strong but falls flat the moment they start singing.

Simple answer, Nostalgia.

OT:
It's decent list that didn't really fall into the trappings of the Nostalgic western anime too much.
-Good call on FMA, But IMO Period by Chemistry should be an ending song and Shunkan Sentimental by SCANDAL should be the Opening song at that time. :P

I'm a PaperMoon > Resonance guy, probably because Resonance imo is weaker than the 4th ending Strength which is actually sung by the same guy, but in a different band.

If I have to give a negative opinion about this list is, It's almost all action animes, where's the romance/melodrama/sad animes op? It lacks diversity in the genres

personally, I would slip in,
Hikaru Nara by Goose House

and Death Parade's OP, Flyers by Bradio

Heck, I'm going to throw this in because I can,
Showa Genroku Rakuko Shinjuu's OP, Usurai Shinjuu by Megumi Hayashibara

I'm sorry what, we're talking about the "backbone of gurren lagann" and I see no "row row fight the power"?

loa:
I'm sorry what, we're talking about the "backbone of gurren lagann" and I see no "row row fight the power"?

"Libera me from Hell" is not an Opening song.

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